12 Sep 2016

British navy unveils unmanned speedboat

“The Royal Navy has unveiled an unmanned speedboat. The Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST) was glimpsed on the Thames River near London, according to The Guardian. ‘Accompanied by the patrol craft HMS Archer, the 32-foot-long MAST spent an hour on Monday weaving between pleasure boats and goods barges at a

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12 Sep 2016

You Can Now Buy a USB Stick That Destroys Any Computer

“As if hackers, state-sponsored cyber intruders and rogue insiders weren’t enough to protect against for federal agencies, you can now purchase a USB stick that will destroy any unprotected device it plugs into. Called USB Kill and about the size of a ticket stub, the device ‘rapidly charges its capacitors

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12 Sep 2016

Federal Judge: Hacking Someone’s Computer Is Definitely a ‘Search’

“Courts across the country can’t seem to agree on whether the FBI’s recent hacking activities ran afoul of the law—and the confusion has led to some fairly alarming theories about law enforcement’s ability to remotely compromise computers. In numerous cases spawned from the FBI takeover of a darkweb site that

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12 Sep 2016

U.S.-Gulf cyber working group formed at Dubai forum

“A U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Cyber Working Group launched Sept. 7 as part of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Forum held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event — organized with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates and

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12 Sep 2016

A Loud Sound Just Shut Down a Bank’s Data Center for 10 Hours

“ING Bank’s main data center in Bucharest, Romania, was severely damaged over the weekend during a fire extinguishing test. In what is a very rare but known phenomenon, it was the loud sound of inert gas being released that destroyed dozens of hard drives. The site is currently offline and

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09 Sep 2016

How Will Terrorists Use the Internet of Things? The Justice Department Is Trying to Figure That Out

“By 2020, there will be anywhere from 20 billion to 50 billion internet-connected devices, including about one in five cars and or trucks, according to industry forecasts. That’s big business for outfits that sell data or streaming services. For the Justice Department, it’s 50 billion potential problems.” Source: How Will Terrorists

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09 Sep 2016

White House Names First Chief Information Security Officer

“The White House named its first-ever chief information security officer Thursday, part of its broader effort to shore up cyber practices after last year’s massive intrusion into federal background check databases.” Source: White House Names First Chief Information Security Officer – Nextgov.com

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08 Sep 2016

FBI Arrests Two Alleged Members of Group That Hacked the CIA Director

“Two young men from North Carolina have been charged with their alleged connection to the hacking group ‘Crackas With Attitude.’ The group gained notoriety when it hacked into the personal email account of CIA Director John Brennan last year and in the following weeks claimed responsibility for hacking the Department

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08 Sep 2016

The cost of ransomware attacks: $1 billion this year

“The rise of ransomware means the total cost of damages related to attacks using cryptographic file-locking software could reach $1 billion this year, a report cybersecurity company Herjavec Group has warned.” Source: The cost of ransomware attacks: $1 billion this year | ZDNet

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08 Sep 2016

Top spy: ‘Russians hack our systems all the time’

“Russian hackers are constantly targeting U.S. computer networks, the nation’s top intelligence official said Wednesday, in an apparent tip of his hand toward blaming Moscow for recent attacks on Democratic Party institutions.” Source: Top spy: ‘Russians hack our systems all the time’ | TheHill

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